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Minimum wage to increase

The Government says the national minimum wage will increase by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds.

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Minimum wage increases remain below rate of inflation

The rises to minimum wages announced today are still below the rate of inflation.

This means that someone earning the new rate will still be making less money in real terms because the prices of goods and services are rising more quickly.

The minimum wage increases are as follows:

  • Adult minimum wage - 1.9% increase
  • 18-20-year-old minimum wage - 1% increase
  • 16-17-year-old minimum wage - 1.1% increase
  • Apprentice minimum wage - 1.1% increase

And the current rate of inflation is:

  • Consumer Prices Index (CPI) - 2.8% per year
  • Retail Prices Index (RPI) - 3.2% per year

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